WorldClim

WorldClim is a set of global climate layers (climate grids) with a spatial resolution of about 1 square kilometer. The data can be used for mapping and spatial modeling in a GIS or with other computer programs. If you are not familiar with such programs, you can try DIVA-GIS or the R raster package.

The current version is Version 1.4 (release 3). Please write us if you find any problems.

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Information about the methods used to generate the climate layers, and the units and formats of the data. You can find more info in the preferred citation:
Hijmans, R.J., S.E. Cameron, J.L. Parra, P.G. Jones and A. Jarvis, 2005. Very high resolution interpolated climate surfaces for global land areas. International Journal of Climatology 25: 1965-1978.

Frequently asked question and some 'known issues'.


This dataset is freely available for academic and other non-commercial use. Redistribution, or commercial use is not allowed without prior permission.

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